Saturday, May 7, 2011

Cards in a Box

I made a set of three coordinated cards and a box to keep them in using the cheerful floral prints of the Vicki B. line. To make the box, I used Vicki B. and Loverly paper. I decorated the box with rick rack, ribbon and a variety of embellishments. Making the box is easy and it provides an attractive place to store cards or a gift box if you choose to make a gift of the cards. Of course, the technique allows you to make a box for anything you want. Once you learn the technique, you can make boxes for anything that you want. The instructions for making the box follow. In my May 14th blog, I’ll describe how to make the coordinating cards.

To make the bottom of the box, cut a 9 ¼” x 7 ½” piece of Loverly paper. Score 1 ½” from the edge completely around the piece. On the two short ends make a cut from the edge of the paper to the score line (for a total of four cuts). Fold along the score lines, putting the tabs on the inside and glue. To make the top, repeat the process with a 8 ½” x 6 ¾” piece of Vicki B. paper and score 1” from the edge all around. I inked the box top with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.

For the decoration on the side of the box, cut two pieces of plain white rick rack slightly larger than that needed to go completely around the box. Spray one with Key Lime Glimmer Mist to make it green. Once dry, weave the green and white rick rack to create a close knit ribbon. Affix to the side rim of the box top.

Cut a 4 ¼” square piece of Perky. Ink edges with Spun Sugar Distress Ink. Stamp a design that matches the one you intend to put on cards with VersaMark or Perfect Medium. I used a large butterfly (and my cards each have a butterfly image as well). Emboss the design with white embossing powder. Affix square to the top of the box.

Add three Tim Holtz idea-ology Jump Rings to one of the holes in a KaiserCraft wooden key. (You can paint or ink the key if you like. I used mine as it came from package.) Affix the key to the box. Place three Vicki B. green pearl jewels to the body of a Flora Doodle butterfly and place on box. Add a bow made with pink ribbon with swirls, three Vicki B. green pearl jewels and three Bazzill Twisted Flowers. You can also add stickers from the Vicki B. sticker set. I used the one saying “Flowers are love’s truest language.”

Next week, I’ll provide the instructions for the coordinating cards.

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